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I was recently reviewing a program that had a 90 day diet challenge. I got to thinking about why diets fail so often, then I began to think about why people will do a daily devotional for a while then they will slowly gravitate away from it.
My question is: Why do diets fail, and why do daily devotional programs fail?
Then I began to think about the success of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 records what I believe is the answer.
Verse 42 says, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching." There are two critical factors mentioned here that are vital to their success.
First, there were the apostles, the ones who knew the message and were good at sharing it. Then there was the message itself. The message of Jesus the Christ of redemption and salvation.
The next factor is also in verse 42, "They devoted themselves to .. the fellowship." There was a camaraderie which quickly grew among them and is directly related to the next two factors:
"They devoted themselves to... the breaking of bread and of prayer." Sharing meals together and praying together.
Verse 46 tells us, "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people."
The secret to their success was no secret at all. They simply committed themselves to the teacher, the message, one another, meeting regularly and practicing their faith.
I realized that I have been doing those things for years and they have contributed to the success of the Daily God Walk material and to the small study groups we have which explore the principles found in each daily devotional.
Currently we are in the middle of 30 days studying perseverance. We are looking at how we are rewarded by persevering, how God perseveres with us, and how others are affected by our perseverance.
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